Several residents near Woodville have called WCTV inquiring whether there had been a tornado to touch down since they had heard rumbling sounds.
The Tallahassee National Weather Service issued this statement about the sounds:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
718 PM EST WED MAR 9 2011
JACKSON-CALHOUN-INLAND GULF-INLAND FRANKLIN-GADSDEN-LEON-
INLAND JEFFERSON-LIBERTY-INLAND WAKULLA-COASTAL GULF-
COASTAL FRANKLIN-COASTAL JEFFERSON-COASTAL WAKULLA-SEMINOLE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MARIANNA...GRACEVILLE...MALONE...
SWEETWATER...CRAWFORDVILLE...PORT SAINT JOE...APALACHICOLA...
718 PM EST WED MAR 9 2011 /618 PM CST WED MAR 9 2011/
...STRANGE SOUNDS BEING REPORTED ACROSS THE FLORIDA BIG BEND...
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF VERY STRANGE SOUNDS FROM THE
WOODVILLE AREA SINCE ABOUT 645 PM EST. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE BELIEVES THIS PHENOMENON IS BEING CAUSED BY THUNDER FROM
DISTANT LIGHTNING STROKES...BOUNCING OFF A VERY STABLE LAYER ABOVE
THE GROUND. THIS IS CALLED DUCTING...AND CAN ALLOW SOUND TO TRAVEL
UNUSUALLY LONG DISTANCES. THIS SOUND HAS BEEN MISTAKENLY
ATTRIBUTED TO POSSIBLE TORNADOES...BUT WE AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT THERE ARE NO TORNADOES...AND
NONE ARE EXPECTED.
As of 6:30pm, the leading edge of strong showers and embedded thunderstorms is moving through the extreme eastern part of the Big Bend, but no longer contains the threat of severe weather. Plenty of rainfall will be left over throughout the entire area in the evening hours, with a few rumbles of thunderstorms possible, but NO severe weather.